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Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of the dissociation energies of three-electron hemibonded radical cationic dimers

Gurtubay, I. G. and Drummond, Neil and Towler, M. D. and Needs, R. J. (2006) Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of the dissociation energies of three-electron hemibonded radical cationic dimers. Journal of Chemical Physics, 124 (2).

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Abstract

We report variational and diffusion quantum Monte Carlo (VMC and DMC) calculations of the dissociation energies of the three-electron hemibonded radical cationic dimers of He, NH3, H2O, HF, and Ne. These systems are particularly difficult for standard density-functional methods such as the local-density approximation and the generalized gradient approximation. We have performed both all-electron (AE) and pseudopotential (PP) calculations using Slater-Jastrow wave functions with Hartree-Fock single-particle orbitals. Our results are in good agreement with coupled-cluster CCSD(T) calculations. We have also studied the relative stability of the hemibonded and hydrogen-bonded water radical dimer isomers. Our calculations indicate that the latter isomer is more stable, in agreement with post-Hartree-Fock methods. The excellent agreement between our AE and PP results demonstrates the high quality of the PPs used within our VMC and DMC calculations.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Chemical Physics
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 55609
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 10 Jul 2012 09:35
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:45
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55609

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